Funding approved for anti-poverty projects

Cllr Donald Lothian described the projects as 'invaluable'.
Cllr Donald Lothian described the projects as 'invaluable'.

The North East Fife Area Committee this week approved plans to spend £85,000 from a funding pot aimed at tackling poverty.

The councillors agreed with the recommendation to continue work across them themes identified in an action plan, as well as work addressing poverty in older people and those experiencing social isolation due to mental health issues.

The members noted that poverty in rural north east Fife is often hidden, and helping those affected across such a large area can be a challenge.

The recommended areas of work for 2018/19 include several projects.

Among the schemes recommended for backing were the Fuel Poverty – Back on Track scheme, which targets private rented and owner-occupied households which are in fuel poverty.

Another which will receive funding is the Holiday Activities Fund, which supports families which might face difficulties over the school holidays.

Cllr. Donald Lothian , committee convener, said: “Funding towards these anti-poverty projects in north east Fife is invaluable and I am pleased that the committee has agreed with the recommendation for it to continue.

“We’ll continue to monitor the progress and evaluation of the work and outcomes achieved with the Anti-Poverty Group.

“ I am in no doubt that they have witnessed the immediate and longer term results of the interventions and how important this is to those whom they help.”